Tonight’s game was not good. The Rockies kicked off the post-Jeff Bridich era with a 12-0 loss to the Giants. Anthony DeSclafani threw a complete game shutout. Austin Gomber never got settled and gave up nine runs in less than two innings. Just a complete start-to-finish blowout that we hadn’t seen up to this point.
Giants ambush Gomber early
Before today, Austin Gomber had not allowed more than three runs in any of his first four starts. Today he had almost the worst day a starting pitcher could have. He began the game with a strikeout but immediately had this sequence: single, walk, passed ball, single, double, single, RBI groundout, strikeout. This made it 4-0, not ideal but not unsurmountable.
Until the second inning, when Gomber gave up three more hits and two walks before being pulled for Jhoulys Chacín. Chacín came in and gave up a bases clearing double to Mauricio Dubón that tagged on another three runs to Gomber’s name. Gomber’s final line finished at an ugly 1 2⁄3 IP, 7 H, 9 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. By far, Gomber’s worst game as a Rockie and maybe the worst game of his MLB career.
Rockies hitters stall on the road again
Coming into today’s game, the Rockies offense was hitting for a road average of .204 with only 11 runs. But after a strong offensive showing in a series win against the Phillies, there was hope that the Rockies could keep that offensive momentum going on the road. That was not the case at all.
The Rockies offense managed to only get three hits against Anthony DeSclafani — eerily similar to the last time the Rockies opened a series in San Francisco on April 9th, when the the team only had four hits but scored one run against Johnny Cueto who nearly had the complete game shutout himself.
DeSclafani throws complete game shutout
Anthony DeSclafani topped Johnny Cueto’s April 9th performance by finishing the job. DeSclafani had it going on by striking out nine and only allowing four baserunners all night.
Whether it was the infamous “Coors hangover” or DeSclafani’s nasty stuff, Rockies hitters looked lost in the box. This allowed DeSclafani to cruise to the most relaxed complete game shutout with exactly 100 pitches thrown, one pitch off from a Maddux.
Positives? Fuentes pitches shutout inning
If anyone stuck around late enough in this wall-to-wall blowout, Rockies fans were treated to an unfamiliar site. Josh Fuentes pitched a shutout eighth inning to save a bullpen arm. This was the first time Fuentes had ever had to pitch at the major league level and hopefully the last. May he forever hold a 0.00 ERA.
Josh Fuentes tosses a scoreless frame pic.twitter.com/QMfTJOS3DK— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) April 27, 2021
That’s a positive right?
Coming Up Next
The Rockies will have to quickly throw this game in the rearview mirror and face the Giants tomorrow at 7:45 P.M. MDT. Chi Chi González (1-0, 3.00 ERA) will make his third start of the season against veteran Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 3.83 ERA). Here’s to a more competitive game two of this series.